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AgustaWestland scam: Being British citizen cannot be reason to deny bail, Christian Michel tells HC

Christian James Michel, an alleged middleman in the AgustaWestland chopper scam, on Thursday told the Delhi High Court that just because he was a British citizen and did not have “deep roots” in the Indian society that cannot be a ground for the trial court to deny him bail, Live Law reported.

Michel, a British aviation consultant, was arrested on December 22, 2018. Investigators had alleged that he was involved in the 2010 sale of the VVIP helicopters to the Indian government. He was extradited from Dubai and is currently lodged in Tihar Jail.

The Central Bureau of Investigation is looking into corruption allegations, while the Enforcement Directorate is inquiring money laundering case related to the AgustaWestland chopper scam.

At Thursday’s hearing, Advocate Aljo K Joseph, appearing for Michel, told Justice Manoj Kumar Ohri that all the accused persons in the cases have been released on bail.

“This cannot be a criteria that I do not have deep roots in the society therefore I cannot get bail,” the advocate added. “It is my responsibility and duty to prove my innocence after three years of pre trial detention. The investigation in the matter has been going on since last 8 years which we don’t know when it is likely…

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